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Lawyer Salary Information in Pennsylvania

The average annual and hourly salaries for lawyers in the state of Pennsylvania are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of lawyers among Pennsylvania cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Lawyers in Pennsylvania

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,700
25th Percentile Wage
$74,300
50th Percentile Wage
$115,220
75th Percentile Wage
$169,850
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lawyers in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 75th percentile (the top 25 percent of the highest paid) is $169,850. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $115,220. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,700.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26.30
25th Percentile Wage
$35.72
50th Percentile Wage
$55.40
75th Percentile Wage
$81.66
90th Percentile Wage
No Data

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for lawyers in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 75th percentile wage is $81.66. The median hourly salary is $55.40. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26.30.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of lawyers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016115,2201.96%1.15%
2015112,960-2.69%-
2014116,000-2.76%-
2013119,2004.45%-
2012113,890--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Lawyers in Pennsylvania Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of lawyers in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of lawyers in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $38,310 to $143,930. The highest paying area for lawyers in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $143,930. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Philadelphia (mean annual salary $130,360). The lowest paying area is Lebanon with a median annual salary of $38,310.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$143,930
Philadelphia
$130,360
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$124,440
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$121,670
Pittsburgh
$117,050
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$110,610
Reading
$100,560
York-Hanover
$97,060
Williamsport
$92,600
Erie
$85,310
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$85,280
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$80,490
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$75,030
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$74,340
Johnstown
$74,290
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$73,150
State College
$70,350
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$68,700
Lancaster
$67,950
Altoona
$52,620
Lebanon
$38,310



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